Wednesday 23 October 2019

Woman accused over nerve-agent assassination of Kim's half-brother free after admitting lesser charge


Doan Thi Huong was released. Photo: Reuters
Doan Thi Huong was released. Photo: Reuters

Nicola Smith

A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating Kim Jong-un's half-brother has been freed from a Malaysian jail, ending a two-year case that means the murder will go unpunished.

Doan Thi Huong (30) was released yesterday morning from Kajang prison, after pleading guilty last month to a lesser charge of "causing injury" over the 2017 assassination of Kim Jong-nam (45) who died in Kuala Lumpur airport minutes after being smeared with toxic VX nerve agent.

Doan Van Thanh, the woman's father, said he was "elated and happy Huong is returning". "We will invite the neighbourhood over for a celebratory feast and slaughter our treasured pig," he said.

"I met [her] yesterday at the prison to give her new clothes and a pair of shoes," Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, one of her lawyers, told the BBC. "She was very happy to be released and looks forward to being reunited with her family."

Her release follows that of fellow accused Siti Aisyah. The pair always insisted they were duped into believing they were taking part in a prank TV show when they rubbed the nerve agent on Mr Kim's face.

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